New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Teasers; Is That Twisty the Clown Killer?

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Have a fear of clowns?  Based on these new promos for American Horror Story: Freak Show, you’ll probably develop one as soon as the show returns.  The fourth season will take place in Jupiter, Florida in 1952, right when Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) moves her freak show into the neighborhood.  The gang includes Kathy Bates’ bearded lady, Michael Chiklis’ strongman and Sarah Paulson’s conjoined twins, just to name a few.

We’ve also got John Carroll Lynch on board as the Freak Show villain, Twisty the clown killer.  Minus that shadow in the recently released character poster, we haven’t seen much of Twisty yet, but it looks as though one of the characters featured in this new set of American Horror Story: Freak Show teasers could be him.  Hit the jump to see for yourself.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Poster Reveals the Main Characters

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We’ve got a pretty good sense of who’s coming back for the fourth season of American Horror Story and how they’ll fit into the narrative, but thanks to a brand new piece of cast art, we’ve got even more details to share.

It’s an image that shows Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Lange and Evan Peters in all their freak show glory.  Hit the jump to check out the brand new American Horror Story: Freak Show poster and get a preview of their looks.  Patti LaBelle, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock and Emma Roberts are all MIA in this one, but hopefully we’ll get some promo art of their characters as well as we approach the show’s October 8th debut.

Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis Talk WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, Their Sports Backgrounds and the Insanity of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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Jim Caviezel & Michael Chiklis – an odd couple if ever there was one.  Caviezel has made a name for himself as a somber and understated actor, his work in The Thin Red Line and The Passion of the Christ compelling in that he never forces anything or goes for that “big” moment. Chiklis, a bundle of volatility, never holds anything back, perfectly encapsulated in his performance as Vic Mackey – one of the great antiheroes of the modern television landscape.  In When the Game Stands Tall, both actors are cast true to form: Caviezel as the quiet and introspective Coach Bob Ladouceur, Chiklis as his loudmouth Assistant Coach Terry Eidson. Together they form a compelling yin and yang, bouncing off each other naturally, many of the best moments in the film coming from their natural repartee.

In the following interview with both actors, they discuss their sports backgrounds, playing to type as the hothead & the introvert, and developing a thirty-one year friendship for the big-screen. In addition, Michael Chiklis touched upon his role and reaction to American Horror Story: Freak Show.  For the full interview, hit the jump.  When the Game Stands Tall opens this weekend.


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Let the countdown to the freak show begin!  We’ve known American Horror Story: Freak Show is on the way for quite some time now, and guessed it was coming well before that, but now we’ve got an official date and time to look forward to – Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm on FX.

There are always plot rumors out there for highly anticipated movies and TV shows, but when the possibility of a circus/freak show-themed American Horror Story popped up, it was just too good to brush off.  Even though that made the official announcement more of a told-you-so type of thing, it’s hard to imagine anything else topping that concept.  Hit the jump for more on American Horror Story season 4.

First Trailer for WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL Starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, and Alexander Ludwig

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Apparently it’s the night for inspirational movie trailers, as Sony Pictures has now released the first trailer for director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) sports drama When the Game Stands Tall.  The film tells the true story of the longest winning streak for any American sport, held by the football team of De La Salle High School.  However, instead of focusing on their rise to glory, When the Game Stands Tall revolves around what happened when that 151-game streak was broken and how the fallout affected the team, coaches, and town.  It looks to be quite similar in tone and focus to Friday Night Lights, with an emphasis on the lives of the players and not just the game itself.

Hit the jump to watch the debut When the Game Stands Tall trailer.  The film stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, and Laura DernWhen the Game Stands Tall opens in theaters August 22nd.

PaleyFest 2014: Creators Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk and New Cast Member Michael Chiklis Talk AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows. One of the evenings was to celebrate the success of the anthology series American Horror Story, both looking back on the most recent season, American Horror Story: Coven, and looking ahead to the next season, American Horror Story: Freak Show.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled the highlights about the upcoming season.

During the evening, executive producers/co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk were joined by newest cast member Michael Chiklis to talk about how he will be playing father to Evan Peters and ex-husband to Kathy Bates, that this marks the actor’s return to FX, that the season will be set in a freak show in 1950 in Florida (even though it will shoot in New Orleans), how this was a setting that Jessica Lange wanted, writing roles specifically for the actors playing them, and that some of the actors from Season 1 and/or Season 2 will also be returning, along with Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer.  Check out what they had to say about American Horror Story Season 4 after the jump.

Watch: DOWNTON ABBEY’s Michelle Dockery Is NOT Lady Mary in Funny or Die’s TOUGH JUSTICE with Michael Chiklis

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The fourth season of Downton Abbey kicked off last night here in the U.S. to record-breaking ratings, but star Michelle Dockery is ready to stretch her acting chops a bit with something decidedly different: a cop show.  Funny or Die has released a “trailer” for a TNT series called Tough Justice starring Dockery and Michael Chiklis as mismatched cops, and it seems that Dockery is having some trouble fully letting go of her Downton role as Lady Mary, even in the modern world of hardened cops.  The sketch is really funny and shows that Dockery has some serious skills as a comedic actress.  How long before SNL comes calling?  Hit the jump to watch the video.

Ophelia Lovibond Joins GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Tom Hiddleston & Hayley Atwell Get CLOSE ENOUGH; James Caviezel Plays WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL

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We’ve got some new casting news for you:

Hit the jump for more information on each new casting bit.

Michael Chiklis Talks PARKER, Working with Taylor Hackford, Fighting Jason Statham, PAWN and More

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Opening this weekend is director Taylor Hackford’s (Ray) Parker.  Based on the novel Flashfire by Donald E.  Westlake (published under the pseudonym Richard Stark) the crime thriller stars Jason Statham as the title character, a professional thief with a strict personal code of ethics.  Parker doesn’t steal from people who can’t afford it, he doesn’t hurt people who don’t deserve it, and if you break his rules he will hunt you down and make you pay.  When his team double crosses him on the job and leaves him for dead he tracks them to Palm Beach with a mission for vengeance.  The film also stars Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins, Wendell Pierce and Micah Hauptman.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to talk with Chiklis.  He talked about what attracted him to the film, what it’s like working with Hackford, how he prepares for roles, playing the villain, hist fight scene with Statham, planning for the second half of his career, and what people can expect from his upcoming film Pawn.

Michael Chiklis and Micah Hauptman Talk PARKER, Action Scenes and More; Chiklis Also Talks PAWN and the Possibility of a SHIELD Movie

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In Parker, Taylor Hackford’s new action thriller, Michael Chiklis plays Melander, the head of a crew of career criminals with ties to the Chicago Mob, who gives Jason Statham’s character a run for his money.  The intelligent and dynamic actor who won critical acclaim for his work in The Shield is a dangerous, smart and worthy opponent.  He’s joined by newcomer Micah Hauptman as Hardwicke, the fourth member of the gang and the weak link in the chain, who hopes to use his family’s mafia connections to fence their loot.  Opening January 25th, the film also features Jennifer Lopez, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Nick Nolte.

At the recent press day, Chiklis and Hauptman talked about their characters, getting to know each other at the start of the shoot, the attraction of working with veteran director Hackford, their action scenes with Lopez, collaborating with experienced action actors, the trust factor when you play at make believe for a living, the challenges of shooting in hot and humid Louisiana, and the fun and perils of taking in the best of New Orleans.  Chiklis also discussed his new film, Pawn, and a possible Shield movie.  Hauptman revealed his upcoming movie, Destined, with Omar Epps and Mekhi Phifer.  Hit the jump to read more.

Michael Chiklis Talks Shooting PAWN in 15 Days with $2 Million; Wants THE SHIELD Movie Based on Creator Shawn Ryan’s “Phenomenal Idea”

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Sheila spoke to the cast of Parker at roundtable interviews today.  We will have the full interviews for you soon, but we want to pass along what Michael Chiklis had to say about Pawn and a possible Shield movie.  Chiklis is a producer on the low-budget crime thriller Pawn, and stars alongside Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Common, Nikki Reed, Stephen Lang, and Max Beesley.  This is the first feature Chiklis has produced, and it sounds like a challenge, “It’s a little movie.  All things considered, it’s a cool little film.  A lot of bang for the buck considering it was a 15-day shoot.”

Chiklis estimated he has been asked about a movie to follow up on his landmark FX series The Shield “ten thousand times.”  But he remains enthusiastic about the possibility: “I’d love to do it.  Ask Fox, please… [Creator Shawn Ryan] has a phenomenal idea to move forward with it.”  The Shield series finale is among the best ever, so it’s encouraging that the Ryan and Chiklis want to continue the story for creative reasons.  Hit the jump for the full quotes.

First Trailer for Taylor Hackford’s PARKER Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez

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The first trailer for director Taylor Hackford’s (Ray) crime thriller Parker has been released.  Based on the novel series by Donald E. Westlake, the film stars Jason Statham as a professional thief who lives by a set of rules: don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it.  When his crew double crosses him and leaves him for dead, he sets out to seek revenge during their biggest heist ever.  The pic is a slight departure from Statham’s standard shoot-em-up action fare, but this trailer still has its share of clichés.  Moreover, Statham inexplicably plays a lot of dress-up for his heists, disguising himself as a priest and as a rich Texan (with a terrible accent).  If you’re a fan of Statham and his films, this is probably right up your alley.  If not, Parker looks unlikely to change your mind.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, and Nick Nolte.  Parker opens on January 25th, 2013.

Matt Bush and Michael Chiklis Talk HIGH SCHOOL, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, VEGAS and More

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In director John Stalberg’s stoner comedy, High School, soon-to-be valedictorian Henry Burke (Matt Bush) decides to get high for the first time in his life after a chance encounter with the school’s resident drug head, Travis Breaux (Sean Marquette).  Shortly afterward, he discovers that the school’s dictatorial principal, Dr. Leslie Gordon (Michael Chiklis), has just instituted a zero tolerance drug policy.  When Gordon schedules a mandatory drug test for the entire school the next day, Henry sees his dreams of a bright college future are about to go up in smoke.  His only option involves stealing law student-turned-drug dealer Psycho Ed’s (Adrien Brody) stash of high powered ganga.

At the press day for High School, we sat down at a roundtable interview with Chiklis and Bush.  Chiklis, who portrayed Detective Vic Mackey on FX’s ground-breaking drama The Shield, revealed what attracted him to the project, how he developed his character, and why he had fun playing the outrageous role.  Bush discussed how the film compared to his real-life high school experience and why he enjoys playing characters that are distinctly different.  They also told us about their latest projects including Chiklis’ new CBS television series, Vegas, with Dennis Quaid and Bush’s feature film, Trouble with the Curve, with Clint Eastwood.

Red-Band Trailer for HIGH SCHOOL

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As it’s 4/20 and all, it seems appropriate that a red-band trailer for the stoner comedy High School go online.  Co-written and directed by John Stalberg, the film centers on a soon-to-be valedictorian (Matthew Bush) who smokes pot for the very first time, only to find out that a mandatory drug test has been scheduled at school.  In a moment of panic, Bush and his friend (Sean Marquette) conspire to spike the school’s bake sale brownies with the help of a law-student-turned-drug-dealer (Adrien Brody) in order to make everyone fail the drug test.  As with the first trailer, there are a couple laughs to be found.  It seems like a fun enough premise for a stoner comedy, and I could see it being a fun watch on a late weekend night.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Colin Hanks, Michael Chiklis, Adhir Kalyan, and Mykelti WilliamsonHigh School opens on June 1st.

First Trailer for Stoner Comedy HIGH SCHOOL Starring Adrien Brody

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The first trailer for the pot comedy High School has gone online.  Co-written and directed by John Stalberg, the film centers on a soon-to-be valedictorian (Matthew Bush) who smokes pot for the very first time, only to find out that a mandatory drug test has been scheduled at school.  In a moment of panic, Bush and his friend (Sean Marquette) conspire to spike the school’s bake sale brownies with the help of a law-student-turned-drug-dealer (Adrien Brody) in order to make everyone fail the drug test.  The trailer has a couple laughs, and I’ve heard that the full film is quite a bit better than this clip would have you believe.  The premise could be a lot of fun, and Brody and Michael Chiklis are nearly unrecognizable as the psycho drug dealer and school principal, respectively.  Moreover, it looks like there’s a Thurman Murman cameo, and every movie is automatically improved 100% with Thurman Murman.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Colin Hanks, Adhir Kalyan, and Mykelti WilliamsonHigh School opens on June 1st.

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